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The OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program

Christopher Capozzola

Christopher CapozzolaChristopher Capozzola is a professor of history at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he teaches classes on political and legal history, war and the military, and the history of immigration. He is the author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen (2008) and is currently completing a history of Filipino soldiers in the armed forces of the United States and the Philippines from the 1890s to the present. He is a cocurator of "The Volunteers: Americans Join World War I," a historical exhibition commemorating the centennial of the First World War. He served from 2014 to 2017 on the development committee for the Advanced Placement exam in U.S. History and was the coleader of a 2017 NEH summer institute for secondary educators on "Foreign Exchanges: The U.S. and the Wider World in the Twentieth Century." In 2018, he was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT's highest honor for undergraduate teaching.

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“Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen”

This lecture was presented as the 19th annual Jeans Lecture in History at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri, in April 2013. Recorded by KGCS-TV.

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